Wednesday's News & Ideas - 3/24/2021

  • Mormon fraud lawsuit
  • Leaving sanctuary
  • Dinner churches in pandemic
  • Survivor on abuse commission
  • Statement on Atlanta shootings
  • Earliest women on television

Why is a member of a prominent Utah family suing the Mormon Church for fraud?
Slate: It has to do with the idea of “tithes” and the ways a giant institution like the Mormon Church handles its wealth.

The hiding place: Asylum seekers pray to leave sanctuary churches
Christianity Today: Immigrants on ICE’s list may see kinder treatment from President Biden, but change hasn’t happened yet.

How are dinner churches surviving the pandemic?*
Christian Century: For some congregations, sitting down together for a meal is the heart of worship.

Francis adds vocal Chilean survivor Cruz to papal abuse commission
National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis has added a Chilean clergy abuse survivor known for vocally criticizing Catholic Church officials over their mishandling of abuse cases as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Asian American Christian Collaborative releases statement condemning Atlanta shootings
Religion News Service: The statement calls on church leaders to educate their congregations about Asian American issues, anti-Asian bias, the exotification of Asian women and Asian American histories of oppression and resistance.

The Spark

Women of the new frontier: On the trailblazers who reimagined television
At Lit Hub, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong considers a forgotten chapter in the history of broadcast culture.

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